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Sacrament of Baptism


Infant Baptism

At St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, parents must be parishioners and attend a Baptism Preparation Class with their Godparent(s) unless excused. The preparation class is held on the third Thursday of the each month at 6:00 pm in the St. Anthony’s Classroom (Classroom A or B). It is designed to give parents a firm understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism, and the meaning of the words, gestures, sacramentals, clothing, and prayers that are used in the Baptism.

During the class the parents will complete the Baptism Registration Form, learn how to schedule their child’s Baptism and learn about Godparents.  St. Anthony requires that one Godparent be Catholic.  A Godparent that is not a parishioner of St. Anthony’s must provide a letter of good standing from their Church. Parents and Godparents can email Deacon Dexter Gourdin at with their questions.

Adult Baptism

Baptism of adults is handled through participation in the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) or by special arrangement with the pastor or deacons. The faithful in this ministry help to gradually introduce adults and older children to the Roman Catholic Faith and way of life. The faithful sponsor an interested person and journey with them through different stages leading to full initiation (receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). This ministry welcomes non-Catholics or returning Catholics, and takes them through conversion, aided by those who are already faithful Catholics.

For more information, contact:

Deacon Phil Allen at or 864-967-4263 or 

Deacon Steve Olson at or 864-449-4284

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